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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Whitefield Cherrington, surveyor of Benton County, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, November 7, 1843, and is the son of John Cherrington, a native of Virginia, born and reared in Rockingham County. The father went to Ohio when a young man, and was married in Jackson County to Miss Jane H. Kirkpatrick, a native also of Virginia. She was born in Monroe County, Va. He was a farmer by occupation, and followed this calling in Gallia until his death, being eighty-seven years of age. He held the office of county commissioner for several terms, and was a prominent citizen. Whitefield Cherrington grew to manhood in his native county, and received a good education in the common schools. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in the Seventh Ohio Cavalry, Company L, and served until discharged in July, 1865. He participated in the fight at Hazel Green, Ky., Knoxville siege, Strawberry Plains, and was at the siege of Atlanta. He was also in the Nashville fight, and was in the fights of Wilson’s raid. He was off duty only about three weeks during his entire time. After his discharge he returned to Ohio, and remained in Gallia County until 1868, when he came to Missouri, and located in Benton County. He purchased land in the neighborhood of where he now resides, and improved a farm. He is identified with the Republican party, and has ever supported the principles of his party. He was nominated and elected surveyor of Benton County in 1880, was re-elected at the expiration of his term, and again re-elected in 1888. He is now serving his term to the satisfaction of all. He has taken an active part in politics, and has been a delegate to numerous county conventions. Mr. Cherrington is a member of the I. O. O. F., and is also a member of the Grand Army organization.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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